Feature comparison

Our solution to run Apache Kafka on Kubernetes comes in the following flavours:

  • The Koperator is an open source project that delivers the basic functionality of our solution.
  • Cisco Streaming Data Manager is a commercial product that includes all the features mentioned in this guide, commercial support, and optionally integration support.
Open Source Koperator Cisco Streaming Data Manager
Managed components Koperator Koperator, Banzai Cloud Istio operator, Apache ZooKeeper, MirrorMaker 2.0
Support Community Enterprise
Alert based self healing
Monitoring Basic Advanced protocol-level charts and metrics
SSL performance Default High
Security out-of-the-box
Disaster recovery
Streaming Data Manager operator (declarative CLI)
ACL handling: Client authorization through client cert (SSL) when running inside Istio mesh
Declaratively handle Kafka ACLs
Support volume expansion
Manage Schema Registry instances and register schemas declaratively
Observability dashboard (UI)
Kafka Connect and connector support
ksqlDB support